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Charles directs his Tony-nominated hit, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife for a nationally-syndicated radio program

L.A. Theatre Works recorded five performances of Busch's deliciously devious social satire, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, to air on LATW's nationally-syndicated weekly radio theater series, The Play's The Thing. The playwright directed JoBeth Williams and Richard Kind in five performances, May 16 through 20.

Charles with original Broadway cast members (clockwise) Linda Lavin, Anil Kumar, Tony Roberts, Michele Lee and Shirl Bernheim

Charles said of this experience:

"A very interesting challenge directing The Allergist's Wife for the radio. Each of the five performances had a live audience of about three hundred people and the natural tendency for everyone involved is to deliver the performance for them. However, the real purpose of the thing was to record a radio show. The actors stood at mikes with head sets on and read the play from scripts. They had to learn not to hold for laughs like we do in the theatre but to ride over the laugh, because their mikes were much louder than the general mike that recorded the laughter. Also, the play is about two women on the verge of a breakdown and in the theatre, it's fun to hear them shriek and scream at each other. On the radio, it could be deafening. The challenge was each time I told the actresses to take the volume down, they naturally lost intensity. The emotional intensity had to come from suppressed rage and phrasing. Very interesting kind of work."

Hopefully, we'll get to hear the results. Click on this post's title for more info and the LATW radio syndication schedule.

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